[quote]The Rover wrote:
Ok, that makes sense. So, I should walk/jog, then do muslce warm-ups. Now, I’m assuming the warm-up would be different for each day, since I’m doing different exercises, correct? And for the muslce-warm-ups, I should just do the exercises I’m going to perform, but with lightw eights? How many reps/sets should I do of these warm-ups?
I’m sorry for all the questions, but I’m just starting to work-out seriously and want to do it right.[/quote]
Yes your warm-up would differ from workout to workout. A ?few? minutes of walking or light jogging to get the blood pumping and core warm is a good idea.
Then workout specific, low weight, low intensity lifting to allow blood flow to those areas is a good idea.
DON’T overdo this. 2-3 sets max. And again, on chest day I might do a mini superset of 50% benches with 10 lb rear, side, front lateral raise to get the shoulders good and greased. This may be more important to me than the benching. Find what works for you, but never lift cold. That is a certain recipe for disaster.
These are great sets to get your mindset right and your form in your head for that day. Even though they are light–don’t just go thru the motions. Get the mind-muscle thing going. For benching–take your real position, feet planted shoulders pinched and feel the movement. Don’t use these as throw aways. You will be doing yourself a great disservice.
Don’t do so much you induce fatigue. YOu’ll figure it ou after a couple of times, but these are valuable tools–always warm up.